Electric grilling is counted as indoor only and therefore not included in the debate. In reality, this debate is purely academic but for many the contention exists. Manufacturers have attempted to satisfy the debate and give the home outdoor chef more options by creating the combo grill. The combo grill provides the best of both functions, charcoal and gas and allows the various cooking types to take place all at one station.
Barbecue Pit and Grill Versus Grilling Station
One of the unique aspects of outdoor cooking in a residential setting is the various nomenclature that exists. Typically in normal parlance, the barbecue pit is a technically a smoker and a grill is where meat is cooked over an open flame. A grilling station is usually considered a large gas or charcoal powered unit that is free standing or built in and is large enough to provide a significant amount of food. The exact dimensions vary from person to person but most do consider the combo units to be grilling stations as they are large enough to contain both gas burners and an area for charcoal.
Again, the designation is mostly academic but it is important at to the versatility of the unit when attempting to purchase one. A grilling station has extra storage space for both the tank and accessories and some even have added tool hooks for ease of use. Additionally, grilling stations will or can have wheel to make them easier to move but usually they are located and allowed to stay in one position due to their size.
Regardless of the name, a grill or grilling station can have a huge impact on both the size and quality of an outdoor grilling activity or event. Here are five combination gas and charcoal grilling stations for consideration.
Top Charcoal/Gas Grill Combo
The gas compartment of the Char-Broil Model #463714514 Combo Grill has 3 burners for a combination of 36,000 BTU and a side burner with an additional 12,000 BTU. The total cooking area is 505 square inches and the grates are cast iron, porcelain coated. The charcoal chamber has an adjustable grate and an easy removable ash pan. The station has lockable casters for easy mobility and provided stability.
The gas burners are easy to clean and there is push button ignition. For anyone looking for a quality but relatively inexpensive combo grill this is the one for consideration. Users love the versatility and the quick and easy set up.
Best Combo Gas-and-Charcoal Grill to Buy
This large grilling station has three gas burners for 40,800 BTU of heat and a side burner for an extra 12,000 BTU for warming or searing. The charcoal side of the Char-Griller Model #5050 Combo Grill has an easy to remove ash pan and the entire unit has over 1000 square inches of combination cooking space.
It has a lower shelf for tank storage and a separate storage area for accessories. People who purchased this grill love the generous cooking area and the easy to use dual zone cooking.
Best Dual Fuel Grill on the Market
The Dyna-Glo Model #DGJ810CSB-D Combo grilling station has plenty of room for grilling with a surface cooking area of over 1100 square inches. The gas section has three commercial grade burners for over 48,000 BTU of heat. The charcoal compartment is easy to clean with the removable pan and cooking is easy with the adjustable cast iron grates that are porcelain coated for even heat distribution.
There is also a side burner for warming or searing and the unit has heavy grade lids for holding in the heat. Users love the power of the burners and the easy clean nature of the grilling station.
Best Dual Fuel Grill to Buy
While technically smaller than the above model, the Dyna-Glo Model #DGB730SNB-D Combo Grill station is also slightly less powerful with only 28,000 BTU on two commercial grade burners. Like the above unit it also has a side burner. This unit is a fully enclosed cabinet style storage with the grilling unit located on top. It has stainless steel lids and porcelain coated cast iron grates.
The charcoal side has independent vents and this unit is generally used as a dual zone cooking station. Users love the versatility and the easy clean, stainless steel surface area.
Best Charcoal And Gas Grill Combo for the Money
The Fire Magic Aurora Model #A830s Grilling Station is the ultimate in grilling stations. This unit has two areas, one charcoal and one gas with two specially shaped burners for maximum heat. There is even a dedicated burner for quick starting the charcoal side.
The entire unit is made of high grade stainless steel and each zone has its own temperature gauge. The burners produce over 50,000 BTU of heat and the charcoal side has adjustable grates for precise heat control.
This grilling station has ample storage in three compartments and two side shelves. While this unit is quite the investment, it is perfect for the large home with plenty of outdoor activities. The purchasers of this unit love the quick and fast grilling and the super easy cleanup.
Anytime one uses an outdoor grill, precautions should be taken to maintain a safe operating environment. Never allow flammable materials within five feet of a hot or cooling grill and never operate a grill on uneven surfaces as tipping could result. Be sure to read and follow all safety procedures as prescribed in the operators manual. For long life, be sure to follow the cleaning instructions in the operators manual.